Weekend Service Times: Sunday 8:00 am and 10:45 am


Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing songs and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Colossians 3:16

Music has a special way of staying with us, greater than any other form of communication! And when it is combined with the Word of God, it's a great benefit and blessing not only to the children of God, but also to those who are yet to be a part of the family of God. It's our hope and mission here at Saint Paul that if music has, is, or you hope will be a part of your life and faith walk with Christ, that you can share and bless our community with your gifts and talents, and in so doing praise our Maker, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.

Meet the Music team

Rhonda Christensen

Rhonda’s church music experience began when she was in 7th grade. The Lutheran School Principal/organist trained ‘new’ organist by having them play the offering, offertory, final hymn and postlude.  After confirmation you were allowed to play for the entire service.  Rhonda has served as organist and choir accompanist at St. John - Hanover, IA before she and her late husband moved to Urbandale in 2011.  She has helped provide organ music at St. Paul - Alta, St.John -Storm Lake, Grace Lutheran- Storm Lake, Mount Olive and Gloria Dei - Urbandale.  During her 54 years of serving God throughout music, Rhonda has played piano and organ for many weddings and funerals as well as other special church and community events.

Jon Jero

Choir & Handbell Director
Jon Jero served as director of music for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Des Moines for 12 years.  He currently performs on trombone around Iowa with three different musical groups.

Chancel Choir

Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:30pm.
(Check the church calendar for updates.)
The choir is currently around 30 members and new adult and high school age youth are warmly welcomed! 

Handbell Choir

Rehears are Wednesdays at 7:45pm
The handbell choir generally has 9-12 members and rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:45-8:45 pm in the choir loft.  All adults and high school age youth are welcome to join.  Previous music reading experience is very helpful, but not required.  They play generally once a month for Sunday morning services as well as some special dates and holidays.

Special Music

We have many opportunities for individuals and small groups to serve on the music ministry during our Sunday services.  If you are interested contact Pastor Newton or the church office and we'll get you in touch with the right people!

Want to Get active in Music Ministry?

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